Ride Across Britain: Cycle John O'Groats to Land's End
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are. Ernest Hemingway
The journey between John O’Groats and Land’s End has been a pilgrimage for endurance athletes of Britain since the 1800s. It’s a journey which goes from the north-eastern point of Scotland down to the most south-western point of England, covering 603 miles as the crow flies.
The route from end to end on the Ride Across Britain is 960 miles, taking you on a tour of some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery and famous landscapes.
This epic Challenge requires day-on-day riding, with at least 100 miles per day. It’s a Challenge which has been attempted by thousands of people but has only recently been taken up as a mass participation organised event by the team of Ride Across Britain. The 9 day Challenge has also been broken up into 2 legs, you can opt to ride the Scottish section, English section or combine the 2 for the whole end-to-end experience!
So what can you expect from a fully supported cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End?
- A sore bum
All the food you can eat for the whole trip – that’s big breakfasts, snacking pit stops throughout the day and all-you-can-eat dinners, usually riders will take on around 6000 calories a day as they fuel, refuel and recover with food
Fully set up base camps – at the end of each day you’ll arrive to find you tent up, your luggage securely transported, hot showers and a hot drink waiting for you.
Olympic silver medallist Alex Partridge rode the route last year and was amazed by the base camps of Ride Across Britain:
From the moment I got off the train in Penzance and arrived at base camp one I was blown away by the organisation and infrastructure of the nomadic village laid out before my eyes. Row upon row of an army of tents laid out with military precision, a fantastic food marquee where you could fulfil your culinary desires to your heart’s content and for those as disorganised as myself spare bottles full of PowerAde for the next day. This was capped off by the two main concerns of anyone who taken part in a long cycling trip, the piece de résistance: luxurious portable toilets and most importantly powerful hot showers.
Road side assistance – mechanical issues happen. With the Ride Across Britain it doesn’t mean your cycling for that day is over. The mechanics will have you back on your bike in no time, with a broom wagon to pick you up if you’ve fallen behind
- Full medical support on the road and in base camp
- Expert chaperones for all level of riders
- Did we mention the food??
The Ride Across Britain is only 4 years old but is quickly gaining a reputation as the premier long distance cycling event in the UK – not only does it pose the massive Challenge of 960 miles of cycling but the fully supported ride means that for 9 days, you have nothing to worry about but the ride.
Ride Across Britain supplies you with expert advice and training guides which they’re sharing here on Tribesports – you can talk to other riders about your training and track your progress as you tackle your first long ride, first back-to-back training days and of course that age old question: To Chamois or not to Chamois!
Check out the Challenge on Tribesports for all the latest guides and info, as well as making the most of the 6 nations discount - £100 off if you register for the event before the end of the 6 nations. Are you ready to take on Britain’s biggest cycling Challenge? Sign up now!
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